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Minimally Invasive Lung Cancer Surgery


Minimally invasive surgical techniques minimize the trauma of more traditional surgery, speed recovery, and help our patients avoid longer hospitalizations. For patients who cannot tolerate standard surgical treatments for their cancer, our experts also offer several cutting-edge approaches to treat thoracic malignancies.

Maimonides Cancer Center's thoracic surgeons offer specialized expertise in such minimally invasive treatment approaches as:

  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS). This innovative technique involves small incisions and the insertion of a tiny video camera inside the chest via a scope. Whenever appropriate, our surgeons can use VATS to remove a large section of the lung (lobectomy) or a smaller segment (segmentectomy), and can remove tumors of the mediastinum and chest wall as well.
  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy. Our surgeons are specialists in using laparoscopic techniques, the use of special surgical tools inserted through small incisions to remove the portion of the esophagus which contains the tumor and nearby lymph nodes where the cancer may have spread.
  • Sublobar Resections with Brachytherapy. This technique is ideal for patients who are not candidates for standard lung surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon uses minimally invasive techniques to remove a part of a lung, and then implants radioactive seeds to prevent the cancer from growing back.
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Medistinal Staging for Lung Tumors. Using a bronchoscope with a small ultrasound transmitter that produces detailed images, surgeons can assess a patient's lymph nodes and determine if the lung cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This minimally invasive procedure helps patients avoid unnecessary lung cancer surgery.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). This image-guided technique can be used for lung and chest wall tumors and dysplastic esophageal disease. During this ablative procedure, a needle electrode is guided into a cancerous tumor, and then high-frequency electrical currents are used to heat and destroy the cancer cells.
  • Laser Therapy. During this procedure, a narrow beam of intense light is used to shrink or destroy lung tumors or tumors which are blocking the esophagus.
Find out more and speak with a specialist.

Call 718-765-2500 to make an appointment with a Brooklyn, NY thoracic cancer specialist or request an appointment online today.